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Round Two of Newsmakers Interview Series Set

November 8th, 2011

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722

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PHC Provost Dr. Gene Edward Veith (R) shakes the hand of Thomas Kidd, Baylor history professor (middle) during September's WORLD Magazine Week with Dr. Marvin Olasky (L)

Gearing up for a second round of the Newsmakers Interview Series with Dr. Marvin Olasky, November 8-11, Patrick Henry College is once again preparing to welcome to campus a compelling lineup of guests. Featuring the College’s Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy and editor-in-chief of WORLD Magazine, November’s Newsmakers interviews include a former Secretary of Education, the youngest op-ed writer in the history of the New York Times, the CEO of a pro-life advocacy organization, and an author and videographer.

Highlighting the weeklong series is Thursday’s session with Dr. Bill Bennett, noon (please note the time change), in the Hodel Center Coffeehouse. The former Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan, Bennett is the host of a top-ten nationally-syndicated radio show, “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America.” Dr. Bennett served under both Presidents Reagan and George Bush, for the latter as the first Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has since received national recognition as a heavyweight conservative thinker, writer, and communicator, garnering respect from both political parties for his penchant for civil discourse. He has written 16 books, including a history of America and the popular Book of Virtues and Children’s Book of Virtues. His most recent book, The Book of Man, explores the notable lives of honorable men, and was produced with the help of a research team of present and former Patrick Henry College students.

“Fashioning men has never been easy,” reads a media release for the book, “but it seems particularly tough today. Boys need heroes who embody the everlasting qualities of manhood: honor, duty, valor, and integrity. Without role models in their lives, boys will naturally choose perpetual childhood over the rigors of becoming a man. In the Book of Man, New York Times bestselling author William J. Bennett seeks to chart a clearer course, offering a positive, encouraging, uplifting, realizable idea of manhood…”

Olasky kicks off the week, Tuesday, November 8, at noon, with New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, also a film critic for National Review and author of many articles for national publications. He has published two books -- Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class and Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.

On Wednesday, November 9, Dr. Olasky interviews Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL). AUL works through the legislative process to introduce model pro-life legislation and to make citizens aware of the true costs of abortion. Dr. Yoest worked in the White House during the Reagan Administration and has provided Congressional testimony on several occasions.

The week culminates with a noon interview on Friday with author and videographer, Nate Wilson, author of the popular Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World and over a dozen other books in a variety of genres. (Note: Originally, Dr. Olasky was scheduled to interview Christian film producer Laura Waters Hinson, producer of the documentary As We Forgive on Friday evening, but that interview has been postponed to a later date.) 

As with September’s WORLD Magazine Week, all five interviews will be recorded and posted to the PHC website, as well as published as Q&A articles in WORLD Magazine.

Click here at noon on Thursday and Friday to watch live webcasts of Newsmakers interviews!


  1. Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Ross Douthat, NY Times Columnist; noon, Hodel Coffeehouse
  2. Wednesday, Nov. 9 – Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life; noon, Hodel Coffeehouse
  3. Thursday, Nov. 10 – Dr. William Bennett, former Secretary of Education, author; time changed to noon, Hodel Coffeehouse
  4. Friday, Nov. 11 – Nate Wilson, author, videographer; noon, Hodel Coffeehouse